Monday, August 27, 2012


I just recently read a cartoon that someone posted on Facebook. It had an interesting comment that stated something along the lines of "I just won't ever get why a rich person would have jacked up teeth".

This comment made me think for a bit. I've concluded that the only possible explanation would be that teeth are not a priority. For them, it may be normal to wear dentures at the age of 40. They may also have friends, relatives and acquaintances that also do not value teeth. Being rich has nothing to do with it. Having missing or rotting teeth is not a big deal to some people.

Do we really need teeth? Well, I guess many of us know someone that wears dentures. They may be perfectly happy with them. So perhaps teeth aren't really a necessity for some people. For me though, I think it would suck to wear dentures. Therefore I'm keeping my real teeth.

For some people, teeth are important. There are many reasons we could cite for their importance. Read my blog entitled The Power of a Smile, for why they are very beneficial not just from a health perspective, but socially and economically as well.

We often see people that have very limited resources place more importance on their teeth and will often find a way to finance their veneers, implants or orthodontics which can easily costs thousands of dollars. It's all a matter of priorities.

A common occurrence in dental offices is to see people with messed up teeth claim they can't afford to spend money on their teeth. However, they are often seen driving expensive vehicles, they go on nice vacations, have nice purses, smart phones and the latest and greatest televisions on the market. People have money for things they want. If they don't believe that spending a few thousand on their mouths is important, then they won't do what is necessary to keep their teeth. If they believe getting an SUV is important, they will certainly find a way to purchase it.

As I stated before, It's all a matter of priorities. I'm not going to change anyone's mind with this blog.We each have different priorities. As far as oral health goes, you must determine what is important to you. Do you  want to keep them (teeth)? Why or why not? Do you want them to look attractive? Why or why not? These are questions only you can decide on.

I'm sure most people reading this blog are the ones that do value their teeth. Ask your dental professional for options and recommendations to your concerns. There are often many potential solutions.

Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit

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